Once I was travelling by train. I was going home after my classes. At that time I travelled by local trains as it got me home in about an hour.
That day, our train was relatively empty. All the women were seated. When the train halted at about the second station, a stray dog entered our compartment. He quietly took his place in the standing area. I am scared of dogs in general. So when this stray came in..I got nervous.
Surprisingly, no one in our compartment was bothered. It was as if nobody noticed the dog getting in. Before the train pulled out of the station, a couple of street kids also got in. The train started chugging along and picked up speed. Now I got very nervous. What if the dog jumps out of the running train? What if he attacks us? And more questions crowded my mind. In the meantime, the street kids were having fun. They sang, danced in front of the dog, made fun of it. All through this, the dog sat unperturbed. I was afraid that the dog might attack them.
Finally the train reached the next station. I quickly got up from my seat and went to the dog. I tried to make it get off at the station. The kids continued their song and dance around the dog. Seeing all this the dog growled. It seemed as if he said, “Leave me alone. I know what I am doing.” That growl was enough to scare me. I quickly sat in my place. Within the next few seconds the dog got up and got off at the station…precisely before the train started.
The girl sitting next to me smirked. It made me wonder ..maybe this dog is a regular in this train…maybe the people in this compartment see him everyday..maybe the dog does this in remembrance of someone or something it misses…does he travel back by train? I don’t know. I never will. But the memory of how he sat quietly and got off ..almost as if he knew what he was doing will always intrigue me.
Have you seen animals behave like this? Share in the comments.